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"Zero Dark Thirty" finds no takers in Pakistan

Published Jan 29, 2013 11:58am


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Director of "Zero Dark Thirty: Kathryn Bigelow arrives with Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez (C) and screenwriter Mark Boal at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 4th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood December 1, 2012. — Reuters Photo

KARACHI: Pakistani movie distributors and television stations are boycotting an Oscar-nominated film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and popular US dramas to avoid offending sensibilities or sparking a violent backlash.

Pakistan may have a starring role in Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty”, which dramatises the 10-year CIA hunt for the 9/11 mastermind, but local cinemas are steering clear of a film they say could make people feel humiliated.

Similarly, a local cable distributor is blocking transmission of the smash hit dramas “Homeland”, starring Claire Danes, and “Last Resort” on the grounds they are against national interest.

The boycotts are the latest form of unofficial censorship in Pakistan, where YouTube has been blocked for four months over a trailer for the anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims”.

“Zero Dark Thirty” has topped the box office charts in the US and earned five Oscar nods. But in Pakistan, the raid to kill bin Laden is considered one of the blacker incidents in the country's history.

A US Navy SEAL team killed the Al Qaeda chief in his hideout less than a mile from Pakistan's premier military academy on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad.

“We have not and neither has anyone else bought Zero Dark Thirty,” said Mohsin Yaseen, a representative for film distribution company Cinepax.

He described the film as “pro-American”, despite controversy in the US over its depictions of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” widely seen as torture.

“It has several scenes which could make us feel humiliated. It is against the interests of the Pakistani nation,” said Yaseen.

The chairman of the Film Censors Board told AFP it had not reviewed “Zero Dark Thirty” because there had been no request to do so.

In 2010 censors banned Indian Bollywood comedy “Tere bin Laden”, which poked fun at the Al Qaeda leader, on the grounds that it could incite violent backlash and terrorist attacks.

Max Media, which has the rights in Pakistan to cable channel Star World, is refusing to transmit “Homeland” and military drama “Last Resort”.

While “Last Resort” features US nuclear strikes on Pakistan, the country is referred to only briefly in “Homeland”, which stars Damian Lewis as a US Marine who is also a suspected Al Qaeda agent.

“We strongly believe that programmes such as 'Homeland' and 'Last Resort' are against our national interest, cultural values and ideology,” said an official at Max Media who did not want to be named.

He said the programmes were suspended in keeping with a code of conduct from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (Pemra) and warned that even “a vague reference about Islam can ignite violence in Pakistan”.

But a thriving trade in pirated DVDs allows Pakistanis to watch whatever they want in the privacy of their homes and “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Homeland” and “Last Resort” are big sellers.

“We do not have any threats or concerns, nor has any one stopped us from selling these DVDs,” said a salesman at one popular DVD shop in Islamabad.


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malik1010 Jan 29, 2013 10:02pm
It can be downloaded from the internet. I did not see much against Pakistan or ISI in the movie.
Arif Khan Jan 29, 2013 12:42pm
Pakistani audience does not need fake dramas like this one based on untrue stories painted as real, most people here in Pakistan believe that OBL was not even existing when these raids were conducted.
Numair Jan 29, 2013 09:57pm
Almost as easily as you fell for the modern conspiracy theory craze, Fahad.
AHA Jan 29, 2013 12:08pm
"avoid offending sensibilities" - don't know or "sparking a violent backlash" - definitely YES>
raika45 Jan 29, 2013 12:21pm
Trying to enforce censorship on films or you tube is an exercise in futility.The knowledgeable know how to bypass the censorship.Others can buy pirated CD versions in the market.Gone are the days governments could slam shut venues to such staff before the advent of the internet and rampant CD piracy.Those who want to know can find ways.
A Shah Jan 29, 2013 12:21pm
Sometimes the truth can be the most painful of all medicine. But if we just go into denial mode and bury our heads in the sand, maybe it will all go away! Can
Fahad Jan 29, 2013 12:16pm
American Media Conspiracies .... Like always they plant these things in your head.
Akram Jan 29, 2013 12:15pm
this film will just be a fictitious version of the way america will justify its actions, no mention of the Polio workers murdered as a result of the CIA's fictitious Polio program. nor any mention of the consequences of america's actions on others.
Mushtaq Ahmad Jan 29, 2013 01:19pm
Let ordinary Pakistani know reality of our leaders who made money out of this drama
rayan Jan 29, 2013 01:45pm
Though movie was pretty ordinary but some hard facts which no can deny. I was very amazed when I saw Pakistanis taking to each other in arabic. That was the weak point. We are not arab or wana be arabs but no one speak here in arabic.
Ahmed Jan 29, 2013 01:55pm
When I was visiting Pakistan last year, I was appalled to see even "well educated" Pakistanis (retired generals among them) claiming that Osama was never in Pakistan and the whole thing was a charade by the US! No wonder Pakistan has become the basket case of the world - people have taken leave of their common sense.
Khan Jan 29, 2013 02:30pm
Aren't showing Indian channels and indian movies against national interest , Pakistanis society is hypocritical
Anoop Jan 29, 2013 03:04pm
Even in 24, a popular TV show, which finished 8 seasons, a fictional country was created, Kamalistan, the details resembled closely that of Pakistan! Anil Kapoor was the benevolent Dictator, who wanted a peace deal with the US and local militants kill his character. In one scene pictures are being showed of protests after the assassination of the Dictator, showing people in Shalwar Kameez. It could be only one country in the world - Pakistan. I remember thinking back then that Pakistan, will be the enemy for popular entertainment for Americans to fight against. Think about it - Pakistan is Islamic, has nukes and most are virulently anti-American. Combine Russia, Iran, North Korea and China, you will have Pakistan, for American audiences. The problem with all this is US is the cultural behemoth of the world. Only in India its movies, TV and other things are less popular compared to the local entertainment. EU, Australia, Canada, ASEAN, everywhere American movies are watched, sometimes after being translated. Once 2014 comes and Americans leave, I don't see any reason why Pakistan should not be targeted and all this will contribute in isolation. Having Green Passports will be very hard across the world.
Ismail Khan Jan 30, 2013 07:46am
forget the japs. American made the movie on "Pearl Harbour" and it was a hit. It just shows how literates and ignorants people have become. so they just dont need education but proper information too. Don't you read dawn regularly??
vjaiswal35 Jan 29, 2013 03:23pm
After shouting from top of the roof for years that OBL was not in Pakistan and Pakistan herself is fighting a war against Al Qaeda why Pakistan is feeling let down on the killing of OBL. In fact they should be happy and give widest publicity.
Secular no more Jan 29, 2013 03:34pm
Same old story of Denial...what else...
Chaigram Jan 29, 2013 03:42pm
Don't worry it is all about money. That is their job to make money and not to portray truth else Hollywood/Bollywood would go bankrupt!!
Ali Jan 29, 2013 04:12pm
Movies like the real world are half truth, always ignore the the underlying causes or events, and this the reason surprises happen in the world at constant temperature, like latent of vaporazation. Heat is added and rejected at constant temperatures, and phases under changes, not visible to the world.
Azhar Jan 29, 2013 04:22pm
Typical hypocrates....
Ashah Jan 29, 2013 05:21pm
I have seen Homeland , I have Youtube , and I have seen ZeroDarkThirty ! whats the big deal ?
Hasnain Jan 31, 2013 05:17am
I can understand why they aren't showing it. The topic of the film is at least embarrassing for a lot of Pakistanis. I don't believe many people would've watched it at the cinema. However, I think some people will watch it at home. It's much easier to consume something embarrassing in private. The report, however, shows everything through the lens of 'censorship'. Whoever wrote this report forgot that people might not actually want to watch such movies at the cinema, and hence there is not much demand for the film. It's become fashionable to show Pakistan as a fundamentally repressive society.
yahya Khan Jan 29, 2013 05:40pm
This is a laudable step not to allow openly such type of rubbish in Pakistan.
anony Jan 29, 2013 05:53pm
Well done Pakistan. These films should definitely be banned as I totally agree with them being against the national interest of Pakistan. Long live Pakistan.
Rashid Sultan Jan 29, 2013 06:21pm
Quote: "...against our national interest, cultural values and ideology,
Akmal Shah Jan 29, 2013 07:48pm
We do not need the crap films from USA or any other country.
Almanar Jan 30, 2013 12:38pm
To all those people who believe that this movie or any other fictional stuff they show to propagate their ideas and agendas, I have only two things to say. First if possible watch "Wag the Dog" with De Niro and Dustin Hoffman and secondly the winners write the history. So if the WWII was won by the Nazis, we might not only be speaking German but America and Co. would have been the biggest evil in the world!
Numair Jan 29, 2013 08:31pm
What our country needs is a backbone and a thicker skin and a desire for revolution rather than encouraging censorship which is a form of repression.
Misbahjon Jan 29, 2013 08:37pm
Come on guys, admit it bin laden was your guest. At least see the movie.
Imran Jan 30, 2013 02:27pm
By banning this movie, it will be given more importance than it deserves .Are the producers claiming that is 100% factual? Relax, its just a movie. Just like Star Wars or Indiana Jones.
Md Imran Jan 30, 2013 12:53pm
Agreed! We can make a few of our own !
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:07pm
Sir, please make up your mind. Is he dead or alive. Unfortunately then the fact remains that air space vulnerabilities of the country were exposed that day. Also please ask your reliable sources how come he is ENJOYING somewhere in USA .......................while pakistan burns!
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:09pm
For God sake it is a movie, and even the producers and director have stated it is a fictionalized version.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:20pm
OK Point taken, By being educated he meant those people who would think rationally and use logic.The govt of Pakistan instituted a committee to go in to the whole episode. They have filed their report which should have been made public. 'Allegedly' OBL's wife and kids were the only live witness to the whole thing. Bring them in full public view and make a statement. Why are you all been kept in the dark? The whole world knows this as a fact except you know who (the ones who will always live in denial). If your beloved OBL is alive please bring him forth, and if he was dead way before the operation, please feel free to prove it with facts and stop conceptualizing.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:23pm
Sir where is your nations self esteem when they raided a complex so close to your major army base near your country's capital and later killed your soldiers on your border and continue to impound people and places inside your country with drones.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:29pm
Yes true, but isnt banning something the best way to make it popular.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:36pm
Absolutely true and well said. Later in history people will realize that OBL (who was from a brotherly muslim country where no pakistani is allowed to marry their women, own property and has no rights as that of their own citizens) was the sole reason for the down turn in the fortunes of Pakistan. If you trace back in to time, the downfall of Pakistan can be pinpointed to the time when he entered Afghanistan.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:42pm
Guest who was worshiped, adored and idolized. Still is. Just read the comments and you would agree. They still think it wasnt him.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:44pm
Well done Anony at least you knw what and who is against the national interest.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:45pm
The big deal is you are not Pakistani then, cus you do not confirm to their idea of patriotism. And not the least you have YOUTUBE!!!
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:49pm
so you still want their money and weapons! there you go .......did i hear you guys taking about some self respect!
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 03:57pm
watch the movie then.
anand Jan 30, 2013 03:59pm
Wow man,You got real brains.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 04:02pm
And Sir, what do you do to debunk the theories that the mullahs tell you. In the whole operation there were few killed but most of women and kids were spared. Are they not the best source who will be able to tell the truth?? Ever tried to find out what was there version and what were they doing there....were they citizens of pakistan? did they have valid visa, if yes who issued those visas? Why did govt of Pakistan not launch a legal suite against the raid or at least make the public aware of the reality. you have evidence in your home yet you ask the world to expose it for you.
desi Jan 30, 2013 04:05pm
Mr. Imran. I guess you need to quickly visit psychiatrist and come back to normalcy before giving out your opinion in a public form like this.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 04:09pm
Akram, How did the Polio campaigners become villain in the whole story? Are justifying them who are targeting the Polio workers just because one of them took oral swabs of the kids living in that compound. The Polio campaign is intended to help the kids and the nation is longer goals. The ones who have been killed had nothing to do with the OBL raid, ever tried asking the killers why they r targeting them?
desi Jan 30, 2013 04:10pm
I think you need to show some common sense. Showing the de-figured face of Osama could ignite hundreds of muslims across the world to show some sympathy towards him. I dont think anyone needs more sympathizers for people like Osama.
Chanakya Jan 31, 2013 09:57am
Look,what Osama brought to Pakistan and Afghanistan ,a great contribution and gifts so these nations and generations to come will have to pay back to his contributions and the gifts so dearly,I wonder if these nations will ever get out under the heavy yoke he had put upon them.And the good name of Islam, the whole world shudder at the very mention of it now.The whole Muslim world is falling apart.Asia, Africa, Arab.
Allaisa Jan 30, 2013 04:26pm
Saddam was hanged by the Iraqi government and not by the USA. Yes, if Pakistani government killed Osama they too could have aired his killing publicly.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 04:41pm
Hahaha Mohsin! You nailed it!
Saeed Jan 30, 2013 05:16pm
Ravi, were you there, if not then your comments are mere speculations?
AHA Jan 30, 2013 06:01pm
I agree (on this one), and take my words back. It is a folly to ever consider the USA as your friend.
Upkar Gill Jan 29, 2013 10:16pm
Just saw the movie today,for people who still think he was dead much before this incident do know much better then" bin laden" own family. who were there but made stories,grow up guys face the reality if you don't reality does back slap you big time.
Akram Jan 30, 2013 11:47am
You have misunderstood my comment bhai, there is no justification for killing of Polio workers. I am simply raising the fact the CIA endangered the polio program by using it for their own purposes. they have since washed their hands of the mess and the brave polio workers have had to pay the price, but you can be sure as hell that is not going to be in the movie.
Ahsan Jan 30, 2013 09:35am
What proof do you have? Were you part of the team who did this? No....U being an Indian will always believe that OBL was killed in Pakistan....if you have any solid proofs then come up with that instead of telling how education cannot help Pakistanis.....Some 'good enough information' can help you though instead of just believing that it happened in Pakistan so its true...subtract the hate factor for Pakistan and Pakistanis, be indifferent and then speak
karim Jan 30, 2013 02:31pm
Majority Pakistanis watch movies by renting pirated copy from video shop or downloading through Internet, so this move is a symbolic one.
Fahad Jan 30, 2013 09:59am
@Ahmed And we will still say that Osama was never in Pakistan ! , let alone near an army base, If the US really killed Osama in Pakistan why didnt they showed any proof or any photos ? , while when they executed Sadam they showed that live but when case of Osama came they preferred to hide things, What more common sense do you need ?? and you will agree that 9-11 was also not an inside Job , Sir where is your common sense. This is what their media does to you , this is what it has forced you to think. My God Help you.
Fahad Jan 30, 2013 01:36pm
In this time it was easier to present the proof but NAH .... Y would they , only if they ever could !
US CENTCOM Jan 30, 2013 06:43pm
It seems that most readers here think that the United States Government has a hand in producing this movie or any other TV program or movies that are being discussed here! Let me take the liberty to inform you that these movies are produced by independent production companies that have no affiliation with the U.S. government. Zero dark Thirty is a movie depicting an important event with some facts and some fiction. There is no conspiracy here. The freedom of speech & expression allows producers and production companies, without any government involvement, to produce anything they wish to produce. There is no government agency in the United States that monitors film and TV productions. So what an individual or a company produces should not reflect on the United States government. Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command
em-ram Jan 30, 2013 06:58pm
Truth is always bitter.
Chankya Jan 30, 2013 07:27pm
Let the people watch the movie and then only then let them make up their mind.
HNY2013 Jan 30, 2013 07:36pm
Ur country, your government, your media needs to give you some answers and clarify the suspense. Ask them to educate what actually happened on 2nd May and put rest to all the speculation. Scared to ask them questions.....why does reality bite!
Chanakya Jan 30, 2013 07:39pm
You see? You ban something, a book, a movie, a cartoon or a painting, it gets multimillion dollars worth publicity and makes a writer, film maker an over night celebrity.
Nish Jan 30, 2013 09:18pm
He means that in Pakistan, generally English speaking people have got their enough education that they can speak their own language and also English. General population speaks their native language but some educated ones can speak more than one. And some really educated can speak common language of love and respect. In US, people who speak English are just educated in one language but those who can speak more than one are respected more, they are more wise as they have ability to understand more than one culture. This is what he means, but as you guys are radiclalized against west, your first thought and hence reaction was like they way you replied.
Nasir Abbas Jan 30, 2013 10:17pm
Washe in Pakistan and not killed in Tora Bora or is he still living some where in this vast world
cautious Jan 30, 2013 11:21pm
I don't suppose the eye witness testimony of OBL's wives/children who watched him die are considered "proof"? One thing that conspiracy theorist have in common - they go to extraordinary lengths to ignore mountains of evidence.
Mohan Nair Jan 30, 2013 11:28pm
Couldn't agree with you more. I don't know what it is with South Asians that draw inspiration from ostriches and hide their heads in the sands of reality when it comes to civilisational, social, geographical, historical, ethical and many other truths. They seem to figure that if certain truths are denied, loud enough, long enough and in numbers, then these truths would somehow go away. I am personally extremely pessimistic about the prognosis for that part of the world where people would kill under various frivolous pretexts, rather than endorse humanity and fraternity.
Hassan Jan 31, 2013 02:10am
You used good examples to illustrate your point, but there is flaws in your argument. by the way moon lander (and rover) has taken pictures and rocks for scientific research (which been accessed by many international researchers till date). While in OBL's drama, no pics or DNA available to support or assess that event. Aurangzaib is still liked or hated by people, there is no question on his existence from either side; whereas in OBL case his presence in that compound is claimed by american but it denied by Pakistanis. You have to extract parallels from your examples to prove the common sense in this case, where basic things -like pics and DNA- been kept suspiciously secret. This unnecessary suspicious behaviour arouse my common sense to question the event. .
Fahad Jan 30, 2013 01:39pm
MAK .... this is not just a movie , but the media propaganda it is the media way to show stuff so many time that you eventually start believing it. You disgrace me when you say the OBL still managed to live amongst us !
Khalid Jan 30, 2013 02:03pm
ravi if you are an Indian then God bless India.... your comment is inhuman.. immoral.. and incorrect..
Silajit Jan 30, 2013 02:52pm
"Even" those who speak English is different from "Only" those who speak English. Hate or Love for Pakistan or Pakistanis is irrelevant. Ordinary Pakistanis were not aware that OBL was living in Abbotabad. I've seen "wag the dog". It's fiction. Even if it were true, the plot had a motive. The US has no need to create a movie to discredit Pakistan. Regarding reality, talk to Dr. Afridi.
Md Imran Jan 30, 2013 12:58pm
A never ending series of conspiracies to malign Pakistan. Osama was never here, that makes the entire movie just a bluff. So i say let them allow it so people can laugh at the fake drama. The real Osama is long dead, or from what i have heard from certain reliable sources, he is probably enjoying himself somewhere in US.
yajigourish Jan 30, 2013 08:44am
It only shows existence of large sections of people who discourage change in the society. I can say this in another way. Power is centered around few people who wants their strength in them.
Sameer Jan 30, 2013 08:46am
Your comment itself shows how ignorant you are of your surroundings. "And these are the ones that speak English. How can education possibly help such a place!!!" So, you mean to say, only people who speak english are educated and others are not? Anyone who questions the events of 2nd May, has their right to do so since no one was shown any proof of this event. If you want to see how this is possible watch a movie called "wag the dog" and you will know how "realistic" lies can be.
Sameer Jan 30, 2013 08:48am
Yes, i am sure they made that movie and called themselves the heroes and innocent victims of the evil japanese empire. There are always 2 sides to each story.
Sameer Jan 30, 2013 08:49am
reality? were you part of the team of navy seals? Did you see OBL get killed yourself with your own eyes? No DNA tests were performed by any independent country so dont give me your "bs" about reality and not.
ummemuhammed Jan 30, 2013 08:51am
I do read Dawn regularly but I have not seen Pearl Harbor. So how did they show the Americans? As the victims or as they-deserved-it?
Anoop Jan 30, 2013 01:26pm
Then, why did US sanction Pakistan in the 1990s? US has acted against Pakistan each time it did not need Pakistan. When it needed Pakistan sanctions were lifted and money flowed(not to the civilian sector but to the military), as you said. But, before India was not the power it is today. US supported India in the 1962 war and even gave it military and civilian aid. It admonished Pakistan for attacking a peaceful and Democratic India! Aid to Pakistan was withheld!! Whose side do you think America will choose now? Why should it offer assistance after everything Pakistan has done to America? Do you have any idea how much hatred Americans reserve for Pakistanis now?
Arslan Jan 30, 2013 08:58am
I don't think that version of the pearl harbor fits the actual events, so no wonder why it was a hit.
Shubs Jan 30, 2013 11:13am
Well, there is a difference between Pakistan putting its reputation on the line by denying that OBL was ever there, and the United States putting its reputation on the line saying that they killed OBL, that too, with an elaborate dog and pony show, putting their soldiers lives at risk, and risking all out war, possibly between Pakistan and India. I wasn't a witness to the event, but then I wasn't witness to the moon landing either, or the rover landing on Mars. Are those hoaxes too? And what about all the events in human history? Were they elaborate hoaxes too? Nobody seems to have "proof" that Aurangzeb existed, other than hearsay from historians who were hardly "independent". Maybe I don't have a ringside view to such events, but I do have common sense.
Zain Jan 31, 2013 05:38am
ajit, you just contradicted yourself; you want people to think on the basis of rationality without an evidence? Maybe that post had no supporting evidence; not only me but in fact many people would like to know, if you can depict some concrete grounds the OSAMA did died in Pakistan? In this contemporary world, not even people in fact courts take decisions in empirical evidence. I am astonished, the way you presented this biased comment. And just for your reference, language has no influence on your intelligence. In the era of stone age there was no English; but still they gave you basic tools ?
Indian Jan 31, 2013 05:39am
Instances like these .... further isolates them (Pakistanis) from the rest of the world ........
Mishra Jan 31, 2013 06:14am
I am totally against Pakistan bashing at any forum.People have already grown up ,now is time for politicians to grow up as well. Mishra,India
Lefislam Jan 30, 2013 07:16am
Can't understand your language
Silajit Jan 30, 2013 07:06am
I have seen the movie and it did not show the ISI or Pakistan in a bad way and I'll admit there is some poetic license there. Regardless, what I find shocking is not what the movie showed or did not show but the reactions of conspiracy theorist Pakistanis HERE in the comment columns claiming that Bin Laden was never found in Pakistan, that he died 10 years before, that the whole movie is just an attempt at discredit. And these are the ones that speak English. How can education possibly help such a place!!!
Akram Jan 30, 2013 11:49am
no I would like to hear the truth about the consequences of the CIA using the Polio to find Bin laden. is the truth too much to ask for?
AHA Jan 30, 2013 11:48am
I have been scratching my head for the last 40 years to answer this question.
asfi Jan 30, 2013 11:56am
Yes to many education in east means dress up like english and speak their language and take pride in it.
karim Jan 30, 2013 02:30pm
DNA tests were performed by the US and Pakistan and Alqaida itself confirmed OBL was killed in Abbottabad. You wish to believe in lies and stay in denial you are welcome, many Pakistanis are still in denial about 1971.
fahdabbasy Jan 30, 2013 05:30am
good show .. keep it banned.. let the outsiders know that no matter what .. this nation has self esteem and wont buy CIA propaganda
Ahmed Saeed Jan 30, 2013 05:25am
Aren't we getting too sensitive on nonsence?
ummemuhammed Jan 30, 2013 05:17am
Hats off to film distributors and cable operators...even if u have done to avoid physical damage of your offices, we are still grateful! I do not know whether Osama bin Laden episode was true or not, but let us suppose it was... Well so was Pearl Harbor, so will the American public be 'broad-minded' enough to watch a Japanese made film boasting about Pearl Harbor? Yes? I don't see any hands up...? (As far as ppl watching pirated CD's of it, well that is majorly due to curiosity. I know people who hate the event but have watched the movie nonetheless)
Sherry Manzoor Jan 30, 2013 04:57am
the movie is as far away from reality as it possibly could ... it is intended for the US audience who would probably digest about anything fed to them ..
Sherry Manzoor Jan 30, 2013 04:59am
Majority of the knowledgeable already do not agree to the portrayal of events in the movie.
Azrim Jan 30, 2013 04:59am
Let Pakistanis choose whether they want to see these dramas or not. They should see how the world around us has evolved where everyone is bombarded with the idea of truth being a matter of perspective or how one perceives it to be. Let them see and understand for themselves.
Mohsin Jan 30, 2013 12:04pm
yeah look what happened to our own Lollywood, went bankrupt without showing lies!
mike ghaous Jan 30, 2013 04:57am
reality denial & love for conspiracy theories.... that is all about
Different View Jan 30, 2013 04:30am
I think Pakistani people are not ready for this movie. It is good for then that it will not be available to watch. This movie is definitely shown from the American point of view. And we know that majority of Pakistani do not like America and its policies. But I feel that in fact there is so much of misunderstanding between the two people and their culture. American politicians will always have interest of their country before anything. And they expect it from any one from other country. So if Pakistan bans American movies, songs, TV shows, Youtube, Facebook, Google, they wouldn't care, even though they would not agree how effective that is. Americans have freedom of expression and they respect others' freedom. So it is Pakistan who has to choose.
Shubs Jan 30, 2013 04:22am
Please don't force your personal conspiracy theories down the throat of all Pakistanis. I think people are better informed than you think.
javed Jan 30, 2013 04:12am
how many eye witness u need in itseld etobabad every people know that that osamabin laden live there to secure him from nato forces mr arif conduct a survey in all pakistan that OBL there was or not u find the realy truth and they u take any news from world u find them in etobabad in pakistan how sade people like u still make your head between the sand
Gohar Jan 30, 2013 04:14am
Instead of making ''Hollywood Movies'' to show the so-called killing of Osama Bin Laden, what they should really have done is show a picture of the real Osama when he was killed instead of quietly and purportedly releasing him into the ocean (Bull Sh...T). If you can sneak out a camera phone of Saddam Hussein being hanged and Maomar Qaddafi getting sodomized with a knife, I wonder why all of a sudden OBL photo or evidence of him did not come out. Maybe that he died some 10 years ago due to kidney failure.....
Missy Jan 30, 2013 04:07am
What world are you living in?
Saeed Jan 30, 2013 03:54am
Again Pakistani leader taking blame for nothing. But why our people in denial . Why we care about the sentiment of those evil people who are killing our armed forces persons and innocent civilian and destroying country.
Wajeeh Jan 30, 2013 03:56am
Access to information cannot be stopped in these times as people have multiple alternatives. these are expired tactics which should be repalced now with provision of free access to all sort of information to all and instead of hiding we should be told the truth to learn from our mistakes for a better future.
GH Jan 30, 2013 03:30am
What world are you living in?
MAK Jan 30, 2013 03:11am
Come-on people,IT IS ONLY A MOVIE. a fictitious fiction of the writer's imagination. They invested millions to make millions.Katherine Bigelow is no Mother Teresa. She is out there to make money.Now if you want to give her a payback,go and watch the movie and if not don't,but please do not embark on a killing/burning spree.And besides OBL was not a Pakistani Citizen.He decimated a whole nation and still managed to stay amongst us.
Akram Jan 30, 2013 02:21pm
But when your Home Minister declares the presence of Hindu terrorists in India then its all lies and fake, right?
Shafqat Satti Jan 30, 2013 02:55am
Still living in 14th century?
Rao Jan 30, 2013 02:29am
If they have to include all this in their film, it will be 24 hour movie, which no one will watch. It is a commercial venture to make money...milking a hot topic of OBL capture, a fictionalised account of the actual incident.
Rao Jan 30, 2013 02:24am
Belief in conspiracy theories & refuse to believe what is happening around. You must also be thinking that Jews, Hindus & Christians financed this film to defame innocent Muslims.
karim Jan 30, 2013 02:28pm
Ask Osama's wives and children who were captured in Abottabad compound for proof.
sdf Jan 30, 2013 11:01am
I don't know about zero-dark thirty but I've seen all of Homeland. I think Pakistan was mentioned maybe once in the show so far. The show is one of the most entertaining there is. It shows (spoiler ahead) an out-of-control crazy lady works for the CIA, and also the Vice President of USA and head of CIA as people who cover up and lie bluntly about drones killing children. So I feel the show is nuanced enough and not some awful one-sided propaganda show. But yes, if the public insists on being violent or protesting and crying over every little perceived or imagined insult over some warped sense of partriotism then it is best not to air them on TV. The more mature of us can watch else where.
AHA Jan 30, 2013 01:16am
"Polio workers murdered as a result of the CIA
Shubs Jan 30, 2013 10:59am
To be fair, the US always has a Public Enemy No.1. It sells its nationalism, its wars, its military hardware, its popular culture on the back of whoever the current PE No.1 is! It used to be the French, the Russians, then it was Castro, then it was Khomenei, Saddam, OBL, back to Putin, then whichever Kim it was in North Korea, Gaddafi, Chavez, Ahmedinajad, now it's Pakistan. I'm sure at some point soon enough Bashar-al-Assad will break into this club. Not to worry though, with its notoriously small attention span, the American population will soon outgrow their current fascination with Pakistan. Money and weapons will flow again.
ravi Jan 30, 2013 10:59am
I feel not disclosing any photos for Osama was right. He was hiding like a mice let him die like it. Saddam was a business, dictator, politician and a president of a country. He had a political cloud so was necessary to expose him and justified what US did with Saddam so everything recorded, debated, proved and executed. But Osama is like a thief, murderer, criminal with no moral, ethics. He was a coward man so killed and demised in sands of Arabs. Eventually became food for fishes so some use after death at least. If his film, documents and photo would be published that would have triggered a debate in the world media and social circle. Now no body remember him. We only know that Osama was killed like a dog who was hiding behind children and woman to save his life. I endorse US approach for executing him it should be like that only.
HNY2013 Jan 29, 2013 11:54pm
So you want the US to make movies on 'your' issues?
HNY2013 Jan 29, 2013 11:54pm
how can
shajjaj Jan 29, 2013 11:56pm
I give all credits to the private sector film distributors who on their own decided to ban or boycott all offensive material whether they may be religious , cultural or national. Something which the Government should do as a censoring agency. Nation is getting enlightened.
Mohsin Jan 30, 2013 12:07pm
so if our audience is much much wiser then their public, let them watch and then decide?
HNY2013 Jan 29, 2013 11:52pm
the question is not if it is fake or not fake. The point is should the public be allowed the freedom to see and decide or should a few decide for the whole population
BEA Jan 29, 2013 11:16pm
Its a film people need to get over it what are people in Pakistan going to do Ban evey film that they do not agree with or that hurst theri feelings Pakistani media are not behind anyone always slateing India and the same on the other side does not mean they ban Indian movies. people need to be grown up about this. and by the way i am a fan of Homeland its great.
Shri Jan 29, 2013 10:28pm
Of course they will. This is a shameful chapter in Paksitan's history and Pakistan wants it get erased from public memory. How they can allow people to be again told story of Osama being found in Pakistan!
bus_assay Jan 29, 2013 08:44pm
Good decision. It is sensible of the authorities to stay clear of this movie in an attempt to be proactive. This is good foresight and may help to prevent violence in our country and protect our people.
Abdul Jan 29, 2013 09:04pm
I thought that we were together with USA in this war against terror. I do not understand our people that we take Bakshish and alms from USA, let them conduct the drone attacks into our territories, make a big show that we are against terror, openly express disdain towards Al Qaeda and their modus operandi, make a big show of feeling hurt because USA kept us in the dark when they attacked OBL and when the final moment came to express solitude towards humanity, we as a nation express disdain towards USA and her film on OBL!! Are we not double faced and poker faced liars unworthy of trust?